Though she studied law, political science and economics, Ines craved a way to combine her creativity and her passion for nutrition. The answer came in the form of food. “I started an Instagram page towards the end of my studies where I created and tested many recipes which became popular. I decided to do something with it,” she said.
Popular might be an understatement. Her page drew more than 20,000 followers within a year and she realised her accessible, in demand recipes needed to live outside the digital sphere. In February 2017, she ushered in MYLK + KO. Born of Ines’s own struggles with food sensitivities and a desire to create a place where all brunch goers could find a menu crafted to their needs, it is a place where wellness does not mean compromising taste.
The dining space is outfitted with mint and wooden accents – you feel a little healthier just walking inside. Even early on Sunday mornings, it is teeming; every table full and customers in athletic wear getting takeaway acai bowls and coffees. That is, if they manage to narrow down their selection to just a coffee: equally intriguing options include beetroot lattes, Nutella hot cacao, tiramisu affogatos, cold pressed juices, and Golden Gaytime smoothies.
Ines’s menu offers twists on a variety of morning classics – think pancakes lavished with maple baked pears, berries, ginger caramel and roasted hazelnuts, a long list of creative acai bowls, and savoury waffles topped with poached eggs, avocado hollandaise, rocket and crunchy turmeric quinoa.
I tried the vege vitality (stuffed with sauteed spinach and kale, fermented kraut, avocado, buckwheat grouts, poached eggs, and a turmeric nut crumb). At this point, I consider myself something of an expert when it comes to green breakfasts, and MYLK + KO’s was by far one of the best I have had. The eggs were perfectly poached, the yolks infusing with the olive oil and walnut pesto, the avocado tangy with a hint of lemon, the groats subtly nutty. The serving size was very generous – there is nothing quite like a meal that makes you feel ready to tackle the day.
MYLK+KO’s bright space, friendly staff and innovative menu will hopefully make it a mainstay in New Farm’s bustling brunch scene— at the very least, you will know where to find us next Sunday.